Saint George Machairemenos
On the lower level of the eastern side of the soffit of the south arch of the narthex is the portrait of Saint George Machairemenos who is rarely represented in iconographic cycles in Cyprus. On his left, the benefactor George is depicted. The accompanied inscription reads Saint George the Knifed, which is a Cypriot dialectical variant of Machairomenos. St George is portrayed as an attractive young man with a typical attire consisting of an embroidered tunic and a cross in his right hand. He also has a relief halo.
According to the fifteenth century chronicler Mahairas, St George Machairemenos is i.e. a local man who works miracles. His cult can be found in the vicinity of Achlionatas village, today known as Analiontas south of Nicosia. Additionally, in the eighteenth century, the historian Archimandrite Kiprianos characterises him as one of the three hundred ‘Alaman’ saints; who found shelter in Cyprus during the repeated population movement from the mainland to the island taking place in the long Arab conquest.